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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Free Cupcakes



Free cupcakes on opening day attracted a huge crowd to Tessa's cake shop.


Tessa is my Prima Dolly Peony Blythe doll. The little dolls are Sonny Angels. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Smile!



Put a smile on your face, 
make the world a better place!


I heard Vitamin C's song "Smile" recently, and it made me wonder how I could put a big smile on a Blythe's face. My first attempt was a little creepy: I printed out a smiling mouth from the internet and taped it over Anna Sui's mouth. That picture was weird. I thought about it some more today and decided a little smiling friend in front of her would be better. His smile isn't huge, but it is sincere. 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Surprise!


They know each other too well.


These girls are Candy Carnival Blythe dolls. Their elephants were recently the toys in McDonald's Happy Meals. 



Friday, June 23, 2017

Ethereal Beauty


This is Maisy, my Spright Beauty. She is the most unique Blythe in my collection. Some of my other dolls have pink hair, or translucent skin, or pale coloring...but none of them have PINK EYELASHES! That's what I love the most about her! I also love that she came with stock sleep eyes.  






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting


When she's expecting a new doll to be delivered, the only thing Emiko wants to do is watch for the postman. 


This is Lady Camellia, with about half of our Lala Loopsy minis collection.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happiness Is...


Happiness is a soft kitty and a big pile of unread books.



This is My Little Candy (she just goes by "Candy" around here). She is harder to photograph than most of my girls, because her hair is such a pale pink that the color usually looks washed out. I thought I would try surrounding her with pink things for this photo, and it seems to work. I like this one better than most of her pictures. 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello Yellow (and Blonde)


As I continue to photograph my Blythe collection arranged by hair color, I've now come to the yellow/blonde-haired girls. Aren't they pretty?

Cousin Olivia and Playful Raindrops have hair that is almost exactly the same color (PR's is just the tiniest bit darker under certain light). Ice Rune's hair is slightly more orange than theirs. I had a hard time deciding where Mrs. Retro Mama fit into this lineup! Her super-bright yellow hair really makes her stand out. 

From my sewing room, a small voice can be heard: "Hey! I have blonde hair too!!!" That would be the gorgeous Dauphine Dream, who still resides in her box. I didn't have the time or the energy to release her before taking this picture. Soon, though...I plan to take her with me to Colonial Williamsburg in August, when I meet up with another Blythe collector there. DD's stock dress will fit perfectly into the time period of that restored historical area.

Here are their stock names, from left to right:

I Love You It's True
Kenner
Cousin Olivia
Playful Raindrops
Ice Rune
Prima Dolly Marigold
Mrs. Retro Mama







Monday, June 12, 2017

Be Happy


This photo is in honor of Anne Frank's birth on June 12, 1929. It's been a long time since I've read her diary; I think it's time to read it again. 



My Melody.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Music Lesson


Citrine has never regretted her decision to become a music teacher. She gets to do what she loves every day...and she gets paid for it!




Thank you to my friend Susan Weller for the gift of all these great musical instruments!

These girls are Ice Rune, left, and Melomelomew, right. 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Choose Happiness


For me, collecting Blythe dolls is about choosing happiness. Dressing them, brushing their hair, taking their photographs; sewing, knitting, and crafting for them...just makes me happy! 



Clockwise, starting at the top: Mandy Cotton Candy, Prima Dolly Amaryllis, Ice Rune, Snowflake Sonata.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Green Hair


I've already done line-ups of my blue-haired and pink-haired girls; today it's the green-haired girls' time to shine! Again, I've put each doll's abbreviation at the bottom of the picture, using the abbreviations from the "My Doll Collection for Blythe" app. Here are their full stock names, from left to right: 

Prima Dolly Melon
Simply Peppermint
Miss Sally Rice (twice!)
Enchanted Petal
Prima Dolly Amaryllis

While dressing them and brushing their hair, I came to the realization that my least-favorite hairstyle is short hair that has a center part (sorry, Hope!) The center-part hair always has to be held back with a clip or two to keep it out of the doll's face, and that's harder to do--in a way that looks cute--with short hair. 



Friday, May 26, 2017

Rainbow



Be the rainbow. 


My new Sonny Angel Rainbow boy and Simply Sparkly Spark Blythe (Alice) doll are perfect together. Alice's dress is by WPJenny on Etsy. 

The rainbow is made from Crazy Bones, which were a popular fad toy about 15 years ago. Four pieces came in a package for about two dollars.  My children and I would buy a couple of packs every time we went to the bookstore where they were sold, then play the game on the kitchen floor: both players set up a line of their pieces, and then took turns throwing a single crazy bone to try to knock out their opponent's pieces. (Read about Crazy Bones on  Wikipedia.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rainy Day Reflection


"The only time we can walk in the rain is when it's raining! Hurry, let's go before it stops."


Marina, my Playful Raindrops Blythe doll, is joined by one of the latest Sonny Angel releases--they all have a weather theme. This boy is Thunder.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Outdoor Play


Even though she loves to read, Maddie quickly tossed her book aside when her friend appeared at the window, asking if she could come outdoors to play.



That's Cool Pool Lemonade with the book, and Francoise Ananassa (named June) at the window. 

I've recently discovered that people have been using some of my photos without either having my permission or giving me credit for the photos, so I'm going to try to remember to "sign" my pictures when I edit them from now on. There's my name, right under Madie's leg. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

Hey Froggie!


Can you tell me the way to the pool?


This is Maddie. She is Cool Pool Lemonade, and she joined my dolly family on Mother's Day. I already have her big sister, Cherry Beach Sunset. Since I have tickets for BlytheCon Brooklyn in October and the theme doll is "tanned girls", I'm thinking of bringing them both with me...if I actually go! (We'll see what happens.)

I made this photo is for the Blythe a Day group on Flickr; the theme is "frog."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Artwork


Life imitates art.


My daughter Jenna, the artist, made this AMAZING little drawing for me for Mother's Day. She looked at Blythe pictures for inspiration, then did the drawing from her imagination, so it isn't supposed to be a particular doll. The background is filled in with an intricate tangle of leaves, vines, flowers, stars, and one little heart--this is her unique personal style that shows up in most of her drawings (you can see more of her work in her Etsy store, JennaAndersenArtShop.)  I love it so much!!!!!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pink Hair

I recently posted a picture of my blue-haired Blythes; today I am pleased to present my pink-haired girls. I've added their stock name abbreviation under each one, and just for clarity, I will write them out below. The abbreviations I used came from the app called "My Dolly Collection for Blythe"--I've noticed that different people sometimes use different abbreviations, which can be confusing. This app is the first thing I've found that conveniently lists every Neo Blythe (even the very newest, not yet released dolls!) in an easy-to-navigate app for my phone and iPad. It is a work in progress; future updates will allow you catalog your personal collection (I can't wait!) 

I've left out my peach-haired girls from this line-up...the difference between peach and pink can be quite subtle, so I understand that some people might classify them differently. I was going to include Dainty Biscuit, and I actually took a picture with her in the group, but she just didn't look right and I had to take her out--even though her hair is officially "pink". Another confusing moment came when I realized that Prima Dolly Peach has pink hair! That's her, second from the right. 

Here are their stock names, from left to right:

My Melody X Blythe--Softly Cuddle You and Me
Snowflake Sonata
Ichigo Heaven
Prima Dolly London
Prima Dolly Peony
Charlotte de Fleurs
Sprite (sometimes spelled Spright) Beauty 
Prima Dolly Peach
My Little Candy





Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day



It's Mother's Day in the USA today. My wish for every mother around the world is that you will have a day full of blessings and happiness!


Snowflake Sonata with one of this year's Valentine's Day Sonny Angels.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Comedy


It's amateur night at the Comedy Club. 


The comedian is Anastasia, my Stella Serendipitous Blythe doll. 


Friday, May 12, 2017

Music


It's best to have an uncritical audience when you are just learning to play the guitar. 



Penelope (Snowflake Sonata) with a Littlest Pet Shop kitty, sitting on her bed with beautiful bedding by Angie Coppi (Goodnight Sweet Blythe on Facebook.) Her realistic guitar is a Christmas ornament. 




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blue


For the theme "blue", I present all the blue-haired girls in my collection. I love the fantasy hair colors; in fact, I loved my first Candy Carnival so much so that I bought a second one!

As I was adding their name abbreviations under their pictures, I discovered that Mandy Cotton Candy isn't MCC, as you might expect, because there is an older release with those initials (Mono Comme Ca).




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Modern Art


When this painting recently appeared in a high-profile art gallery, the critics raved: 

"'Three Blythe Muses" is a masterful explosion of color and movement. Modern art just got a makeover! If you see only one work of art this year, make it this one."


Three "Simply" sisters as art. Thumpty Thump, Sparkly Spark, and Bubble Boom. For the theme "Modern Art" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr. 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebration


It's not a celebration without cake!



This is Zelda, my Blythe Adores Anna Sui doll. She's wearing the fabulous stock dress from Rendez-vous Chouchou.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Coca Cola


Thirsty?


If you guessed that I made this photo for the theme "Coca Cola" (for the Blythe a Day group on Flickr), you are correct! It was invented on this day in 1886. (Wow, it's been around a long time!)

This is Anastasia, my Stella Serendipitous Blythe doll. 



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bike



Gray skies? Be your own sunshine. 


This is Tillie, my Simply Bubble Boom Blythe doll, with two Sonny Angel friends. I made this picture for the theme "bike" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr. We don't have a dolly-sized bike, so I wheeled my son's bike out into the driveway; I think it makes an interesting background for this photo. 


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Pets


Love isn't love until you give it away. 


This is Veronica, my Bow Wow Trad Blythe doll. Her dog is Gidget, a McDonald's Happy Meal toy from the movie "The Secret Life of Pets".


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Explore



Never stop exploring. 


This is a "re-do" of a photo I made a couple of years ago for the same Blythe a Day theme on Flickr. You can see the first one by clicking HERE .  

She is Emiko, my Lady Camellia Blythe doll. This is the first time I've photographed her without her kimono. I was reluctant to take it off, because it is rather involved to put back on...and I fear that she may never wear it again!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wild West



"Bring the taste of the wild west to your breakfast table...buy Sugarless Southwestern Poofs today (in the family-size box)!"

Paisley scored another acting job--that's two in two weeks! She is already dreaming of fame and fortune. 

(This is for the theme "Wild West" in the Blythe a Day group on Flickr. The cowboy boots are the most "western" attire in my dollies' closet, so I had to really give this theme some thought. Luckily, I remembered this little cereal box that my daughter Jenna designed for an art class assignment when she was in high school; it's a bit of a stretch, but I think this kind of fits the theme!)



Paisley is my Mandy Cotton Candy Blythe doll.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chikins!


Joy has discovered that if she lies perfectly still, the wild wubba chikins' curiosity will overcome their timidity, and they will approach her. If everything goes according to plan, she will have a flock of pet chikins by the end of the month. 



Just in case you don't know, wubba chikins are a "thing" in the Blythe doll community, and it was started by one woman, Juliet Waldon, who took pictures of her dolls with them, and mailed one free to anyone who asked. There is a whole Flickr group dedicated to Blythe and chikins, with Wednesday being proclaimed "Wubba Wednesday". Really! To take a look at this group, click HERE.

Joy is my My Melody Blythe doll. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bonding



"I am your girl, and you are my horse."


Cecilia (Cinema Princess) and Maximus. Together forever.




Monday, April 24, 2017

Mustache Monday


Drink up! Milk is good for your body!

(This has been a paid endorsement.)




Paisley's acting career is starting to take off...the National Dairy Counsel has chosen her for their spokesperson! It's a good thing she likes milk...she must have swallowed a gallon of it, trying to get her milk mustache just right. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Read a Book


Does Zelda read because she's smart? Or is she smart because she reads?


Zelda is my Blythe Adores Anna Sui doll.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cinema Princess Got Her Horse

For Cecilia, it was love at first sight. 
For Maximus, it was all about the carrot. 



This is Cinema Princess, wearing her stock riding outfit, which is surprisingly detailed and complete. Since she came with a riding outfit, she needed a horse, and I really like this one, which I found at WalMart...he is Maximus from the animated movie Tangled. I remember watching that movie and thinking that the horse was the best character, and I guess the toy manufacturers must have agreed.  He was more interesting-looking than the Barbie horse on a nearby shelf. He has a gorgeous long mane and tail with sparkly threads in them, as well as a saddle and bridle. Oh, and yes, he did come with that carrot!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg


Hi, it's me, Jubilee. I went to the theme park this week...Busch Gardens is just a short drive from my house. (Leslie drove me, of course.) Here I am, trying to decide if I will ride that roller coaster or not. It turned out, not! It's a fun place to go, even if you don't ride the rides. There's lots to see, and if you're hungry you can get Dippin' Dots like I did!

Sorry I look a little blurry here; Leslie was trying to hold too many things in her hands at once and this is the best she could do.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Swap Package for Angie


I've been a Facebook friend of Angie Coppi for quite a while...almost two years, I think. She is a life-long quilter, and since getting into Blythe, she has been making quilt and pillow sets on a small scale for dolls. Last summer we decided to do a swap: she would make me a quilt set in colors of my choosing, and I would make some clothes for her girls. We both have been busy with other things and agreed to take our time with our packages. I received Angie's package last week; I posted pictures of the wonderful pink and turquoise bedding she sent me HERE .

I'm happy to say that I also finished my package for her! In addition to a couple of things I sent her before Christmas as a sort of down payment on my swap, I sent her the four outfits below. The blue dress is for her newest girl, who didn't have a personalized dress from me yet. The black outfit is a sleeveless dress with a bolero jacket and matching bag. The yellow dress is made from the long-sleeve pattern I drafted to make Angie a white dress for a St. Lucia picture over a year ago...this dress has a matching knitted vest and a felt shoulder bag, which is something NEW! I'm quite excited about this bag, and the one that goes with the green dress, because I love working with felt and I think these bags look great. I intend to make more, to sell in my Etsy shop either separately or as part of outfits like these. Last but not least, the green dress is my standard sleeveless dress made from three coordinated fabrics, paired with a short-sleeved cardigan. I realized after I took this picture that you can't tell that the sweater is short-sleeved, so I took another picture to show it off better, which you will find below.

Angie has just received this package, and she reports that she and her girls are very happy with everything!







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Difference of Opinion



Friends don't have to agree on everything.



My friend Angie Coppi sent us these dresses for my birthday...we love them!

These dolls are Blythe Adores Anna Sui on the left, and Playful Raindrops on the right.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter






This is My Melody, wearing her stock bunny ears, and a dress I made.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter's on its Way


Bunny, chicks, a basket full of colored eggs...
hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way!

Happy Easter to all from Ellie and her friends. 


Ellie is my Ichigo Heaven Blythe doll. The bunny is a McDonald's Happy Meal toy from the movie "The Secret Life of Pets".

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's Pizza Time!


After spending hours studying her cookbook, Ann was able to create a pizza that is sure to impress her family and friends. 


Ann is my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fascinating Bedtime Reading


She didn't have time to stop by the library today, so Ann's options for bedtime reading are extremely limited. 



This is Ann, my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll, reading a tiny cookbook we received in a swap a few years ago. It actually has "real" pages!



Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful New Bedding, Part II


Yesterday, Ellie decided to sleep on the sofa so she wouldn't mess up the beautiful new quilt set on the bed. Ann had no problem making herself comfortable, however! 




Ann always has a hard time getting started in the morning. 



Ann is my UFO A GoGo Blythe doll. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful New Bedding


What do you do when you want to go to sleep, but your bed looks so beautiful with the new quilt and pillows that you don't want to ruin the effect?

I guess Ellie will be sleeping on the sofa tonight. 

Thank you to Angie Coppi for the gorgeous bedding set. She hand-sewed the quilt (which is very detailed, with lace, beads, and quilted hearts), using colors that I requested; she also hand-sewed the matching pillows and sleep mask; and she knitted the amazing throw from bamboo yarn--which I've never heard of before--it is extremely soft and beautiful. This is Angie's half of a swap we are doing...I am still working on my package for her. I think I need to "up" my game a little, in light of these fabulous gifts!


Ellie is my Ichigo Heaven Blythe doll. She got her name thanks to another swap I did...that swap partner was getting a new doll, and was trying to decide on a name for her. The top contender was "Ellie", so I went ahead and made a white dress with that name embroidered on it as part of the swap. But...you guessed it...she decided on a different name for the doll, so I kept the dress and used the name for the next girl to enter my dolly family!



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hospitality


Beryl's friends call her the "Queen of Hospitality", because she always has fruit punch and a freshly-baked cake on hand in case they stop by unexpectedly (which they do...because they love punch and cake!) 


The blue-haired dolls are Daphne and Waverly, my Candy Carnival Blythes. Beryl, the green-haired girl, is Enchanted Petal. 





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Contrast


There is beauty in contrast.



These are my darkest and lightest Blythe dolls: Cherry Beach Sunset, whose skin tone is "mocha", and Cousin Olivia, whose skin tone is "very fair". I saw them side-by-side on the shelf and needed to photograph them together!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Good News


Clutching the letter from her friend in her hand, Heidi smiled and nodded in agreement as a Bible verse came to mind: "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land." (Proverbs 25:25)



Friday, March 31, 2017

Jane in Pink



Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate. 
                                                  --William Shakespeare



This is Jane, my Kenner Blythe doll.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nature

"We can never have enough nature."

                                         --Henry David Thoreau


This is Cecilia, my new Cinema Princess Blythe doll. I wish this scene was a real place--I would love to spend some time there!




Friday, March 24, 2017

Beauty


She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night


She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meets in her aspect and her eyes

-Lord Byron




This is Anna Sui, my current favorite Blythe doll. I call her Zelda. Her hair! Her hair is a dark, dusky purple; it is so soft, and slightly wavy. It's perfectly beautiful. As is she.